The CITI is an association which groups professional artistic travelling companies and people or structures in connection with roaming. It is a network, a space of exchange of practices and experiences, it is also a political organization that defends travelling practice. Both professional organization and network operators, the CITI is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The CITI is a member of UFISC (Federal Union of Intervention of the Cultural Structures) and, as such, is signatory of the Manifesto “For Another Economy Of Art And Culture”. The CITI also works in partnership with Artcena (French national information centre for street arts and circus arts) and Syndicat des Cirques et Compagnies de Création (Labor union of Circuses and Creation Companies). The CITI regularly sets up meetings about travelling theatre, times of exchange, grouping performing arts professionals, politicians, architects, researchers, sociologists, journalists, administrators, and any representatives working in a trade related to nomadic culture.
For those who choose to expand the places of artistic representation :
A purveyor of experience, of memory.
A platform for exchange and reflection.
Rise above our daily paths
Make them known to others
Discover true experiences
Create a communication network of competences
Establish our differences in richness
The CITI was initiated by a cosmopolitan company, emblematic of travelling street theatre : the Footsbarn Travelling Theatre. The first meeting organised by the CITI at the end of 1999 gathered more than 30 companies under the name ‘Travelling theatres’ as well as the ‘Companions of the road’ : friends, guests, associates, local partners, technicians and researchers. Soon after this event, the CITI created other professional meetings, a printed publication, an Internet site…. Following a year of reflection, CITI redefined its missions and functions to allow the activity to follow its rapid development on the principle of a democratic and participative functionality, the new association emerged in Brussels during the Constituent Assembly on the 15th and 16th April 2002.
Today CITI has around sixty travelling companies as well as around ten ‘Companions of the road’ as active members. A professional organisation and a network of people at the same time, CITI is supported by the french Ministry of Culture and Communication. Furthermore, CITI is a member of Ufisc (Cultural Structures' Federal union of intervention) and as members they signed the manifesto “For another economy of art and culture”. CITI works in partnership with HorsLesMurs (French national information centre for street arts and circus arts) and Syndicat des Cirques et Compagnies de Création (Circus Creation Trade Union). CITI regularly organizes meetings about travelling theatre, exchange times grouping performing arts professionals, politicians, architects, researchers, sociologists, journalists, administrators, curious, ...